Hiking with donkeys in the Alps (Isère)

Duration : 4 days

France, Northern Alps

Level : moderate, adapted to children from 8 years old, 6 hours of wakling and 500m of positive elevation per day

from 450 € / p. from 5 to 12 persons

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What a wonderful companion the donkey is!

He will make you live an unforgettable experience of walking, to be shared with your children and friends.

Indeed, your big-ears companion, carrier of our luggage, gives you time to discover the natural mountain environment.

4 days of walking and 3 nights in cottage or refuge await you for this trekking at the step of the donkey, to discover the lakes and mountain pastures of the Matheysine, territory of the South Dauphiné in the department of Isère.

This balcony route, going between the lakes, crosses the villages of the Matheysin plateau. The route of the mountain pastures which dominate the lakes offers magnificent panoramas of the Vercors, Dévoluy and Valbonnais massifs.


D1: From Nantes-en-Ratier to Laffrey.
Once our donkeys are packed, we will ride along the lakes of the Matheysin plateau at the foot of the Grand Serre mountain. After a picnic break at the edge of the lake of Petichet, we will leave in the direction of Laffrey to make a small hello to Napoleon at the meadow of the meeting, before joining our lodging to spend the night.
Distance of 14km and 200m of positive altitude difference.

D2 : From Laffrey to La Motte-d'Aveillans.
Our journey will be through the ridges that dominate the 4 lakes of the plateau to join one of the 7 wonders of the Dauphiné: the Pierced Stone, a magnificent natural arch that dominates the village of La-Motte-d'Aveillans where we will spend the night (possibility of visiting the mine).
Distance of 10km and 250m of positive altitude difference.

D3 : From La Motte-d'Aveillans to Savel-le-lac.
By a downhill path we will cross the villages of La Motte-d'Aveillans and La Motte-Saint-Martin. It can be the occasion to see the little tourist train of La Mure passing by and the time to evoke the mining past of this territory. We will reach the balcony path overlooking  Monteynard lake to reach Savel where we will spend the night at the lake campsite.
Distance of 15km, 200m of positive and 300m of negative altitude difference.

D4 : From Savel-le-lac to Nantes-en-Ratier.
The path follows the Drac gorges via the Himalayan footbridge that spans them. We will pass by Cognet and its beautiful little chapel perched on a rocky promontory to cross the town of La Mure, its belfry and covered market. We will finally reach Nantes-en-Ratier, our starting point.
Distance of 15km and 450m of positive altitude difference.

I reserve the right to modify this program at any time according to the weather conditions and physical abilities of the participants, as well as the availability of accommodation. I remain the sole judge of the program.

The price includes

  • Accommodation: night in a collective cottage with full board from dinner on day 1 to the picnic lunch on day 4.
  • Supervision by the mountain leader.
  • The rental of the donkey.

The price does not include

  • Drinks and other personal expenses.
  • Transport.
  • Cancellation and interruption of stay insurance.
  • Picnic of D1.
  • Eventual early return to the starting point of the hike will be at your expense.
  • Anything not mentioned in the section "The price includes".


  • D1: Holiday center "Le relais de Chantelouve" in Laffrey.
  • D2: "L'Escabeille" holiday center in La Motte-d'Aveillans.
  • D3: Cottage of the Savel campsite in Chantelouve.
Next departures :

No scheduled departure, but you can contact me to book your dates.

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